Vlambeer's Rami Ismail is a bit of a legend, really. When he's not producing the likes of Super Crate Box, Luftrausers and Nuclear Throne, you'll find him championing indie games and speaking out against Microsoft's restrictive policies.
So naturally we had to grab him for an interview at EGX Rezzed.
Over the course of ten minutes, the Vlambeer guru looks back at Luftrausers' success and reception, discusses some high-level tactics and plane builds, explains why Microsoft's indie parity clause is holding them back and looks forward to the upcoming release of Nuclear Throne.
Vlambeer producer Rami Ismail is a veritable indie champion, originally responsible for bringing Microsoft's 'parity clause' into the public eye several months ago. Developers are forced to release simultaneously or first on Xbox platforms, which simply isn't possible for most smaller independent outfits due to the massive extra workload and potentially having to renege on existing agreements.
A few months on, and nothing much has changed - meaning that [email protected] still has a major thorn in its side and Vlambeer's excellent dogfighting shooter Luftrausers will never release on Xbox One. As you'd expect, Ismail has a few choice words for the company following months of negotiations, but hopes that things will improve.Click here to read more...
Platforms: PC | PS3 (tested) | PS Vita (reviewed)
Publisher: Devolver Digital
My customised fighter screams into the sepia sky from the holds of a lurking Unterseeboot, a lone aeroplane against an entire air force. The enemy is on my six in seconds, swarming around me like gnats, filling the skies with fire as patrol boats throw up a hail of anti-air ordinance. I merrily dance through the flack, redline my engines towards the stratosphere, then turn on a sixpence and lock into a controlled stall; shredding an entire squadron of fighters as I plummet towards the ocean. My plane hits hits the water, but keeps going, erupting back out of the waves as my machine guns pummel the enemy frigates into twisted metal.
Luftrausers makes me feel like an ace pilot - no, I am an ace pilot. I am Baron Jon Richthofen! I'm a force of nature, the Sky Captain, a real slam-bang honest-to-goodness three-fisted humdinger. I'm a bona fide supraman... oh no, wait, now I'm just a small pile of burning canvas. A battleship zeroed its ruinous deck guns on my position and brought me quite literally down to Earth. Damn.
Never mind, though, because next time my plane will have a thicker hull, detonate in an enormous explosion and carry a brace of lasers on its chin.
Vlambeer are masters of taking classic arcade concepts and making them sing, and they've done it again.Click here to read more...
Super Crate Box developers Vlambeer have turned three this month, and they've brought party bags for everyone. You can browse a selection of downloadable goodies on the official site, some of which are only available in limited quantities, but perhaps the most exciting of them all is the original prototype for Wasteland Kings.
The frenetic isometric shooter/RPG-lite is slated to release on PC, PS4 and Vita later this year, and though an incredibly early prototype, the free PC download gives you a decent idea of what to expect. Five classes, randomly-generated maps and loads of enemies to brutalise await you. Why not give it a whirl?
The developers of Serious Sam: The Random Encounter and Ridiculous Fishing have announced a new game coming this summer for a variety of platforms.
Luftrausers initially released as a browser game back in 2011,, but Vlambeer, who are also resonisble for the magnificent Super Crate Box, have said that this new digital multiplatform version will be a "massive evolution.
It's out for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS Vita this spring.
The devs behind Serious Sam: The Random Encounter and the recently released Ridiculous Fishing have suggested that "non-evil" freemium games are "alost impossible" to deliver.
So they'll just stick to charging consumers a fair price and not "sacrificing the elegance" of any games they might make.Click here to read more...
Serious Sam: The Random Encounter is an odd and rewarding little game that crunches the series' epic combat into a turn-based retro RPG. Crazy, yes, but actually crazy enough to work. It's short and very sweet indeed, and thanks to IndieGameStand, you've got one day left to pay what you want for it. Definitely a great distraction and a perfect as a snack between meatier gaming meals - especially if you're a fan of Croteam's franchise.
PlayStation Mobile is out now on Vita and select Android devices, allowing developers to easily deliver their games onto new platforms and us consumers to make merry as indie games fall like rain. Plus, hey, it's always nice to have something to play on our pricey Sony handhelds.
I personally feel that PlayStation Mobile is a uniquely forward-thinking venture that could grow into a massive new marketplace, ripe with potential for developers and gamers alike (so long as it's handled properly, see also: XBLIG). For now, however, we're going to focus on five notable games from the launch lineup and discuss whether or not they're worth buying on Vita.
Spoiler alert: you need to go and buy three of them immediately. Let's start strong:
Upon booting up Aqua Kitty, your eyes will initially be attracted to the first part of the title. After all, everyone loves cats and including a bunch of moggies certainly won't hurt sales. You'll then be floored by the the gorgeous big pixel art style, but most savvy gamers will quickly realise that Defender is the operative work here. Aqua Kitty is a gorgeous and responsive reimagining of Williams Electronics' classic arcade game, packed with hectic action, rock-solid mechanics and a superb chiptune soundtrack.
It's also one of the best Vita games on the market.Click here to read more...
Get Games are running so many Serious Sam-related deals that we've decided to round them all up. The two best deals are actually for the Indie games - Double D and The Random Encounter - both of which are dirt cheap. And brilliant.
Serious Sam: The Random Encounter is an odd and rewarding little game that crunches the series' epic combat into a turn-based retro RPG. Crazy, yes, but actually crazy enough to work. It's short and very sweet indeed, and for £1.60, it isn't going to break the bank either. Definitely a great distraction and a perfect as a snack between meatier gaming meals - especially if you're a fan of Croteam's franchise.
Serious Sam: The Random Encounter is an odd and rewarding little game that crunches the series' epic combat into a turn-based retro RPG. Crazy, yes, but actually crazy enough to work. It's short and very sweet indeed, and for £1.49, it won't exactly break the bank either. Definitely a great distraction and a perfect as a snack between meatier gaming meals - especially if you're a fan of Croteam's franchise.
"The First Encounter didn't go so well."
Thus spake Sam Stone as he emerges from the time lock teleporter seconds after going in. The last of the Serious Sam indie collaborations chronicles a non-canonical adventure set between the first and second encounters, blending the series' trademark action with a novel combat mechanic and a wicked sense of fun. Dutch studio Vlambeer has certainly made The Random Encounter look every inch the classic RPG, with disarmingly simple sprite-based retro visuals, overworlds to explore for random battles and plenty of items to grab.
However, calling The Random Encounter an 'RPG' is a bit of a red herring. Its hour-long campaign spans a small clutch of levels and doesn't feature traditional character levelling, character equipment/inventory system or strong storyline. It isn't really a roleplaying game at all, then, so if you jump in expecting a similar experience to Cthulhu Saves The World or Dungeons Of Dredmor, you're set for a major disappointment. Luckily, what The Random Encounter actually is proves a lot more interesting.
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“Serious Sam: The Random Encounter is the greatest Serious Sam RPG to ever come out of the Netherlands. Maybe even the world. Quote me.” - Fork Parker, Devolver Digital CFO
Devolver Digital's (fictional) public persona is right on the money. Serious Sam: The Random Encounter is the last of the Serious Sam Indie collaborations, and is now available on Steam and Get Games for just over £3 (you can save 50p by using Get Games and registering it on Steam afterwards). It's a retro turn-based RPG that pits you against hordes of foes simultaneously, and we've got the launch trailer and assets below.Click here to read more...